A recent study by Health Affairs found that middle-aged Americans underestimate their likelihood of needing home health services by 500 percent.
Monday the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its 2015 Budget and Economic Outlook. The release contained no real surprises: the federal budget is on an unsustainable course driven by rising spending in mandatory (entitlement) programs despite rising revenues (including as a percentage of GDP) and unrealistic caps on defense and non-defense discretionary (annual) spending.
On December 26, 2013 the president signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA), which established discretionary spending levels and enforcement provisions, for FY2014 and FY2015. This was designed to add certainty to the appropriations process and avoid government shutdowns.
If built, the Keystone XL pipeline could carry about 700,000 barrels per day of a reliable, inexpensive, carbon-rich form of oil, known as diluted bitumen. AAF identified which states are likely to benefit most from increased trade in this form of crude.
A defining principle for the school choice movement is a belief that parents should be able to send children to a school that best fits the child’s educational needs. Over the last two decades, options available to parents have expanded beyond the use of public funds for private schools.
When the U.S. housing bubble burst the aftershocks were at the heart of the financial crisis and Great Recession, so you might think that policymakers would avoid at all costs the kinds of policies that fed the housing bubble. Enter the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), which yesterday put into effect a 0.50 percent (50 basis points) reduction in the premiums borrowers must pay for taxpayer-backed FHA mortgage insurance.
In laying out his Administration’s agenda for 2015, President Obama announced in early January that the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) would reduce Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgage insurance premiums from 1.35 percent to 0.85 percent. While some have labeled the announcement “welcome news for prospective FHA borrowers,” the costs merit further exploration; HUD’s decision will certainly affect FHA’s finances and lead to an expanded government role in the mortgage market.
Yesterday, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced specific targets for moving Medicare towards a payment model based on “value” rather than volume of service. This is the first time in Medicare’s fifty year history that explicitly stated goals for alternative payment models and value-based payments have been set by HHS.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) today released its January “baseline” outlook formally known as The Budget and Economic Outlook: 2015 to 2025. It contains CBO’s economic projections and the budget outlook that happens under current law; that is if the budget remains on autopilot.
On January 15, the Center for American Progress (CAP) released its Report of the Commission on Inclusive Prosperity, a quiet but important moment in the debate over the future of federal policy. CAP is the leading stalking horse for the White House and other progressive political candidates policy platforms.